49ers RB Jarryd Hayne said Friday that he’s committed to returning to the NFL next year, even though he’s seen limited action during his rookie season.
“Oh definitely. It’s been exciting,” Hayne said, via Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. “To come this far in seven months, give me 12, 14 (and) it’s going to be completely different. And I think anyone who’s seen my growth will tell you how much I’ve changed and developed. And it’s always funny, looking at old film, it’s one of those awkward things … ‘What was I thinking? Or, ‘What was I doing?’ It’s hilarious.”
Hayne added that he’s embraced every step of his transition to the NFL.
“Fitness-wise, I feel great,” Hayne said. “There were literally times where I didn’t get off the field. I’d go from O to D to O to D and to special teams. I’ve enjoyed it. I’ve embraced every step.”
Hayne, 27, signed a three-year contract that included $115,100 guaranteed with the 49ers back in March. However, he was waived back in October before later being signed to the team’s practice squad after clearing waivers.
It seems likely that the 49ers will offer him a reserve/future contract after the season has concluded, which will give him another shot at competing for a roster spot next summer.
This season, he’s appeared in six games and ran for 25 yards on eight carries (3.1 YPC) to go along with one reception for seven yards receiving. He has also contributed 76 kick return yards.